Prison Break: Season 2 - Rendezvous
Review by Jack Foley
INDIELONDON singles out notable episodes from our favourite television series for stand-alone reviews. On this occasion we take a look at the key episode of Prison Break entitled Rendezvous.
What’s the story? Michael (Wentworth Miller) is reunited with Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) but Agent Mahone (William Fichtner)is closing in…
Why so good? This was a prime example of Prison Break at its most exciting and involving. Two key characters were reunited to further the will they/won’t they part of the storyline, while the dogged Agent Mahone came within a hair’s breadth of capturing/killing his primary quarry.
And that’s not forgetting some torture for T-Bag (Robert Knepper) and the return of Lincoln’s father…
Digging a little deeper: It’s all about the thrill of the chase in this second season and that chase has seldom been as thrilling as in the first half of Rendezvous.
When it’s firing on all cylinders, the show can be as tense and exciting as 24 – and no less predictable.
Fans of the series have been pining for Michael and Sara to get back together and this was the episode that they finally did. Far from being allowed to kiss, or even embrace, their conversation was cut short by the arrival of Agent Mahone who then chased them to a warehouse in a bid to kill Michael.
The cat and mouse game that ensued ended with Michael trapping Mahone in a room filled with gas, thereby preventing him from firing his weapon. The verbal exchange that followed was another memorable moment, as the battle of wits between the two intensified.
Mahone promised Michael that he would track him down (even to Panama) and carry out his mission, whilst mocking Michael for not having the ability to do what it takes to outwit him.
Once again, it sets up an intriguing possibility for the remainder of the series as Mahone has to pick up the trail once more – no doubt wounded by the battering his pride has taken.
Sara, for her part, realised that Michael had no plan to exonerate his brother and was merely headed for Panama with her in tow – and promptly left him in the shower room during a rare moment’s pause. It was the one duff note in the hour-long experience that seemed to exist to provide the cliffhanger ending – namely, her being tracked down by Special Agent Paul Kellerman (Paul Adelstein) and held at gunpoint.
Elsewhere, other characters found themselves in similarly life and death situations. Having been tortured to relentless extremes by Captain Brad Bellick (Wade Williams), T-Bag was left handcuffed to a radiator with a police siren headed towards him; his money money all but gone.
And Lincoln Burrows and LJ (Dominic Purcell and Marshall Allman) were reunited with Lincoln’s renegade father and offered a chance to find new evidence against their pursuers, only to find a traitor in daddy’s midst.
At the midway point in the series, the show clearly has plenty of ideas up its sleeve and all manner of precarious situations to place its surviving characters in.
Let’s just hope that the remaining episodes can deliver as many thrills as Rendezvous and maybe cut down on some of the sillier contrivances that threaten to undermine its credibility…